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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2007-05-11 22:11:14
Subject: New Additions

    First and foremost we have six new pigs. Our black sow gave her first litter. Unfortunately one was stillborn and one was trampled before we knew she was birthing (six are alive, two are not). One milestone for us is that we raised the black pig from an early age (about three months). Our other litter is doing well also and going through a tremendous growth spurt. Food doesn't have a chance to settle in their trough. One of these pigs is destined to become part of a reunion/celebration when our church visits around August (which coincides with the optimal six month slaughter age).     The chickens are doing OK. Since we have no need of eggs right now (we are trading eggs for water with our neighbors), we are going to let the chickens hatch their eggs and add some youth to the flock. Incidentally, Honduran chickens don't know the difference between a sunrise and a firefly. Roosters will sound the alarm beginning just after midnight and repeat every hour or so. The roosters seem to have some kind of communication with neighboring roosters...either that or some kind of competition. Again, this competition takes place in the dead of night.     We purchased two more goats this afternoon. The new goats are very young (3 months, slaughter age for goats). They are females so we are going to wait and add them to our breeding stock. If we had a bbq pit, I'd be tempted to try one now...sorry animal lovers. The bbq pit project is scheduled right after the new pig house.     I must say that farming is not as incidental as I expected. When my father and I raised beef cattle, we pretty much let them go wild and had no maintenance (aside from my father peppering them with a shotgun to keep them away from the deer feeder). I really figured animals could graze and maintain themselves. I'm finding out that not only is that not so, but there are great rewards for giving them an adequate amount of food to supplement the grazing. We can give the cow a few pounds of grain (maybe 40 cents worth) at night and retrieve two gallons of milk next morning. Without the grain we get no more than half a gallon (and endanger the health of the cow as well). We've had so much milk lately that the children are drinking it with 2-3 meals daily.     I suppose this has some kind of parallel to our walk with Christ. I can live on a farm and reap a little without sowing, or I can be a good steward and reap a crop with much more yield. We can say the sinners prayer and coast along to judgment day or we can seek the Lord daily and enjoy Heaven on Earth. We need to abide in the vine as the Bible says.

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